The Leadtek WinFast PX6600 GT TDH graphics card leaves a highly positive impression, not just due to its cooling system which proved to be quieter than the reference one, but also due to its accessories with two fine games. Otherwise, the product is an exact copy of the reference GeForce 6600 GT.
The performance of the WinFast PX6600 GT TDH is generally on the same level with the RADEON X700 XT, but as ATI had refused to issue this card into market, we should compare the Leadtek card to the RADEON X700 PRO. This latter comes with 256MB of onboard memory but works at rather low frequencies. As a result, it often turns to be slower than the Leadtek WinFast PX6600 GT TDH, especially in games that use OpenGL and don’t use complex pixel shaders, and without full-screen anti-aliasing, too.
At the current moment, the GeForce 6600 GT is one of the best mainstream graphics cards in terms of both performance and technical capabilities: the NV43 GPU supports Shader Model 3.0, UltraShadow II technology, hardware video processing with NVIDIA’s PureVideo engine. In near future, however, the GeForce 6600 GT will have to face a dangerous rival – the ATI RADEON X800 equipped with 12 pixel pipelines, 6 vertex processors, and a 256-bit memory bus. Considering that ATI positions this card as a mass solution priced below $200, the GeForce 6600 GT is going to have hard times ahead.
As for the particular implementation of the GeForce 6600 GT that you have seen today, the WinFast PX6600 GT TDH graphics card from Leadtek, it really deserves your consideration. If you want video-capturing functionality, consider a VIVO version of this card with the Philips chip, while overclockers are offered the WinFast PX6600 GT TDH Extreme version with faster memory and 550/1120MHz frequencies.
- New-generation architecture;
- High performance;
- Quiet operation;
- Low level of heat dissipation;
- Doesn’t need additional power;
- Supports Shader Model 3.0;
- Supports floating-point color reproduction;
- Second-generation PureVideo processor.
- No drawbacks noticed.